What material for your household linen?
There is a wide choice of materials in the world of bedding. Whatever your preference, it is essential to choose a quality fabric to ensure a long life of your bedding. Low-range natural and synthetic fibres will tend to lint, loosen or lose their sheen. Also you need to best sheets for adjustable beds.
Cotton bedding is a classic. Comfortable, durable and natural, it adapts to all seasons depending on its weaving. The most common cotton canvas is 57 threads/cm², which represents the number of threads and the fineness of the weaving. The higher the number, the smoother and more resistant the fabric will be. When you reach a level of at least 80 threads/cm², you get a very qualitative material called cotton percale. Soft and resistant, it is ideal for making duvet covers for bed linen in general. Cotton satin, another possibility, is the result of weaving at least 100 threads/cm². It gives the bedding a silky appearance on the side and matt on the side, the weave is soft and incredibly soft. Cotton flannel has a soft and fluffy appearance. Very soft to the touch, the cotton has been worked to make it more insulating. This process brings warmth and comfort. It is the perfect material for those who are cold and for all those who want to spend the winter in a warm place.
Pure linen is the other natural material widely used in bedding, soft and elastic, which has the advantage of being insulating in winter and breathing in summer. Easy to clean, it does not deform during washing, its deliberately wrinkled appearance makes ironing superfluous.
Polyester is the most produced synthetic textile fibre in the world. The advantage of the polyester cotton blend is that it offers a cheaper but easy-care fabric: with quick drying, it is wrinkle-free, resistant to washing and does not shrink. However, it will be less breathable than 100% natural materials.
What size for your bedding?
Choose the size of bed linen with corners
The dimensions of the sheet with corners, as with the mattress protector, must correspond exactly to the dimensions of the mattress. For example, for a 160 x 200 cm mattress, you will need a corner sheet of the same size. You should be careful to calculate the size of the corner, i.e. the height of the mattress, to ensure that the corners of the fitted sheet wrap around the mattress. Foam mattresses are generally 15 to 18 cm high, while spring mattresses are 20 to 25 cm high. The corner size should be 5 to 10 cm larger than the thickness of the mattress. For a mattress between 20 and 25 cm in height, choose a sheet with a 30 cm corner.
Our tips for choosing your bed linen
The bed is the central element that will give tone to the room. Everything depends on the atmosphere you want to create in this secret garden. With a simple bedspread and quilts, you can add a chic touch to a country house or, on the contrary, create a warm chalet atmosphere. To play the card of modernity, do not hesitate to use stripes, graphic motifs such as the English flag. The key is to stay in harmony with the rest of the bedroom furniture, such as carpets, decorative furniture, curtains and transparent curtains…
In a room with sober colors, such as off-white, turtledove or grey, focus on color with a set of brightly colored sheets or by superimposing matching warm colors, such as a sheet with plain yellow corners and an ochre roller cushion; or by playing in monochrome with a bottle green and aniseed green. For children’s bedding, choose silky fabrics with relaxing colors such as pearl grey and pale pink.
The same goes for the pillowcase pillowcase. While the rectangular format is more comfortable for cervical vertebrae, the square format is more aesthetic. Play with the overlapping pillows of different sizes to give a cosy touch. Do not hesitate to make contrasts with the sheets. For fancy bedding, combine a quilt with geometric patterns or a printed or striped duvet with a combination of cushions and plain colours.